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Friday Feb 20, 2009

New website to ease renovations in South Africa

February 2009

At last!  An online resource where the average home owner can find reliable companies and contractors in their area, as well as access a range of other useful home improvement resources.....

HelpMeBuild is South Africa’s premier home improvement website that aims to assist South African’s maintain and improve their homes.  It’s no secret that renovations are among the most stressful of life’s experiences, no matter how small the project!  Rarely do they run according to plan or budget.

 HelpMeBuild endeavours to ease the renovation process and reduce the stress by providing South Africans with access to a large directory of tradesmen and product and service providers ranging from plumbers to removal companies and from granite to cornices.  Companies can be reviewed online, enabling people to source local products and services in their area and read references previously posted.  

The site provides a wide range of useful information including interesting DIY tips & guidance articles on all sorts of home building subjects.  The legal side of building is addressed including building regulations, dealing with poor workmanship, noise regulations and home insurance issues.  Industry news and events are continuously updated.  Visitors to the site can take advantage of specials and competitions that may be on offer, as well as be the first to see new or flagship products that companies are launching. 
A fantastic feature enables one to buy and sell second-hand home-related goods through the site by posting adverts and pictures online, be it old furniture, office equipment or retiring kitchen counters or windows!  An entire section is dedicated to promoting environmentally-friendly product and services as well as a wealth of useful green building information.   

 Lauren Cowan, Managing Director at, states that ‘South Africans have long needed a one-stop online resource that handles all their renovations questions such as where to find reliable tradesmen, how to improve their own DIY knowledge, how to green their homes and how to get rid of old furniture!  We hope to improve the quality and professionalism of workmanship in South Africa by providing a consumer-driven rating system which enables consumers to voice their praise and their complaints and enables proud companies to showcase their services, latest products, competitions and news.’ 

Visit to access this useful resource.  


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